Job Fair Diary

Well, I did it, I went to the job fair of our local school district (I teach in the larger district “next door,” so to speak) and handed in my resume to 33 different school representatives in just over 4 hours.  I had many conversations.  (I’m adding in here to the original post that it was really positive that I’d started my Master’s degree in reading at UT Tyler.  I could see that the school representatives felt that distinction, along with being a grade chair, put my in a respectable position.)

And yet one conversation sticks out with me more than the others.  I was talking to a reading specialist at a school on the other side of the freeway, and she looked over my resume, asked a few questions, and somewhere in there I made a comment about  matching teachers with personalities of  the schools at which they will work.

“Oh no, it’s not about personalities, it’s about qualifications,” she said.

I thought to myself, “but I’ve got all the qualifications and then some … ” Every year people at all ability levels from first-year college graduate to veterans of 20 years with 3 TOY awards get hired.    I have to say I assume there’s a strong personality component to getting a teaching job.

Am I missing something here?  What do you think?  Is there a personality match component to teacher hires?



5 thoughts on “Job Fair Diary”

  1. It seems like there are so many hoops a teacher has to jump through to change schools these days. There’s the resume. There’s the demo lesson. There’s the panel interview with the same five questions since year one…
    Personality does play a part, but I think confidence is the biggest factor. They just want to know you can be trusted to run your classroom without asking for any help or ruffling any feathers.

    1. Yes, there are many hoops indeed. Perhaps having the qualifications is the first hoop, whether they like you personally is the second. My question for you is: What are the five questions so I can prepare to answer them? And those questions, they could also be a good blog post.

      1. I will lay odds that the following questions will come up most often in a teaching interview:

        1. What would you do if a student was chronically defiant in your class?
        2. How do you plan to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of your advanced, proficient, and developing learners, including ELLs and students with IEPs?
        3. How do you engage students so they are interested and involved in what they are learning?
        4. How do you include and involve parents?
        5. How do you incorporate project-based learning, collaborative groups, and technology in your daily lessons?

        1. Yes, I did hear those questions, though in elementary it was “what is your classroom management plan” not what do you do with openly defiant students.

  2. A teacher has to care for children. The rest can be learned. I don’t think “qualifications necessarily predict.

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